Knitty Keen

Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

The best laid plans December 27, 2013

I was so ready to get my snowman pattern together to publish it at long last but it was not meant to be this year.  A mix of life, school and illness saw to that and by the time I was ready it really was too late to do it for this season.  I’m thinking of doing a Christmas in July thing this year and publishing it then but we’ll see.  Regardless, it’ll be ready to go up by the beginning of November next year for sure.

My needles haven’t been completely idle this season even though I didn’t get as much knitting done as I’d have liked to.  Here’s what did happen.

Dunloe Hat

Dunloe Hat 1 Dunloe Hat 2

This is a very nifty pattern designed by one of the ladies on my Facebook knitting group.  Dunloe is a slouch hat knit with fingering weight yarn.  I’ve had this skein of Dream in Color Smooshy from Hidden River Yarns in my stash since last winter, thinking I’d knit myself some socks from it when I decided I needed a new hat and used it for Dunloe instead.  It’s hard to see in my pictures, but there’s a six-stranded braid that grows out of the ribbing at the brim.  I haven’t blocked it yet to make the cables stand out more because it’s huge on my ginormous head already.  I followed the advice of the ladies on my board and used the regular size, but doing the body of the hat on US Size 3 (3.25mm) needles instead of the US Size 2 (2.75mm) needles called for in the pattern.  It’s more than roomy enough to accommodate my hair clip, which is nice and the brim is snug enough that it isn’t going anywhere unlike my Noro Slouch Hat that I made last year that always feels like it’s going to fall off.  It was a fun knit, easy to do without a cable needle, and took me a week to make.

Swallow Tail Shawl

Swallow Tail Shawl

 

I knit this the summer when my youngest was about 6 months old in between nursing sessions five years ago.  I’d always intended to give it to my mom but this year I actually dug it out and got it blocked so I could give it to her for Christmas.  It was a major miracle that the moths hadn’t gotten to it, the worst that happened was the yarn yellowed a bit.  It’s the Swallow Tail Shawl done in some merino/alpaca/silk blend lace weight for which I’ve long since lost the ball band for.  I remember it being a fun knit and it gave me my first taste of Estonian lace with the lily of the valley pattern at the bottom of the shawl.  It’s also reminded me that I need to get blocking wires if I’m going to be doing any more lace knitting (which I hope I shall since I have a whole cone of lace weight from my trip to NYC).

Aviatrix Hat

Aviatrix Hat

 

This is the Aviatrix Hat knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Plaid Blanket in the 3-6 month size.  It was an incredibly easy knit, only taking me two days to finish which probably would have only been one it I worked on it more.  I really like the pattern and the way the yarn looks in it.  I didn’t do a gauge swatch but winged it with US size 6 (4.0mm) and US Size 7 (4.5mm) needles.  This yarn grows a lot when it’s blocked and I definitely hit gauge after I blocked it.

Snowman Ornament

Snowman Ornament

 

This was the only one I actually got finished this year because I just ran out of steam once OI realized the pattern wasn’t going to be published this year.  I actually knit the hat and scarf Christmas morning, because it isn’t Christmas unless you are still knitting an hour before you are supposed to be somewhere.

I hope everyone had a happy holiday.  I have to weave in the ends of the Oaklet Shawl this weekend so I can add that to my list of 2013 knitting before the year ends.  All in all it wasn’t a bad year.  I have definitely been more productive in the past, but considering what I’ve been dealing with I’m happy I got done what I did.

 

 

Shopping! (and some knitting too) February 8, 2013

I have not been in a LYS for such a long time, probably more than a year.  I went out on Saturday to check out a new place opened by one of the members of my knitting group called Hidden River Yarns.  It’s a bit off the beaten path for me but worth the trip.

Hidden River Yarns

I ended up with a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn, some miniskeins for my sock yarn blanket, and some stitch markers for a yarn swap I’m doing.  They had some cashmere blend sock yarn that I was sorely tempted to by as well as some gorgeous handspun.  I’ll be heading back up there on the 17th to work on my long hibernating sock yarn blanket, so I may succumb yet.

This afternoon, I hit two stores closer to home.  My first stop was Loop.  It’s always been one of my favorites, bright and airy with a nice selection of sock yarns which is what I always look for first.

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

 

This is a skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Vanilla Bean.  I wasn’t planning on getting this particular color.  I am planning on making a shawl with it and needed to coordinate with another skein of Tosh Merino Light that I got as a gift two years ago.  I’ll be doing the Stella Luna shawl in a wonderful deep purple and the Vanilla Bean.

Stella Luna ShawlMadelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

The purple in the Vanilla Bean isn’t the same as the purple in the other yarn, but it’s close enough to be able to pull it all together.  I’m hoping to be able to cast-on for this by the end of the month, once I can get some new cables and needle tips for my interchangeables.

My second stop today was Rosie’s Yarn Cellar.  It’s nice and cozy and again has a wonderful selection of sock yarns.  I have been very interested in checking out the new Manos sock yarn, Alegria, and was not disappointed.  I wasn’t brave enough to get one of the neon blends, but there is always next time.

Yarn

 

I like the colors in the skein I picked a lot and am thinking about trying out one of the patterns from the Knitter’s Book of Socks if it’s not too much trouble to alter it to fit my foot.  The top skein is some Noro Iro, their bulky wool/silk blend, that I bought for my swap along with the Soak samples.

Enough about yarn, no onto some knitting.  I have not been working on this anyway near enough, but here’s my progress on my new green sweater.  It’s a top-down raglan using the Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan Pattern.  I’m about to start my third ball and am a few inches away from breaking off for the sleeves.  I’m worried about running out of yarn on this one so I’m going to put in a lifeline at 3/4 length for the sleeves and then knit the body and see if I can get away with long sleeves or not.  Here’s the progress I’ve made so far.

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I’m using School Products Provence Merino Lace, doubled on US Size 8 (5mm) needles.  I need to have it finished by March 9th when I go to New York so I can wear a sweater I made myself (something that’s only happened once before).